We beleive that council officers who abuse their positions of authoirty should be prosecuted under the Fraud Act 2006, a pension would then be proceeds of crime and not payable.




Lord Richard Newton, Laughton Park Farm


Ex Cllr Lord (Richard) Newton - we could not find a single photograph of the gentleman anywhere. Online, it's as though he never existed. If you want a nice picture or yourself published on this page, please supply one, or forever hold your peace.



Title: Leader of the Council 2002

Party: Conservative

Ward: Uckfield



Lord Newton was a Leader of Wealden District Council and a Conservative Party member. He is famous for being on the Panel of a special group headed up to investigate the allegations of 12 members of the public who said that officers of this council were acting in criminal fashion. Lord Newton was not the leader of this council at that time, but it appears that he later became leader. 


The twelve informants were all members of the Wealden Action Group, an organization that was formed when individual members of the public realised that they were not the only ones being treated unfairly by this council.


The Panel decided that the allegations were of such a serious nature that they elected not to look at the complaints, but to refer them to the Sussex Police


You'd expect that a matter so serious that a Panel of Wealden councilors had to refer the matter for investigation as being outside of their remit, that the Sussex Police would then investigate the matter with great care and diligence. You'd expect that each informant would be interviewed and asked to provide evidence to support their complaints. So would we.


But, the Sussex Police did not contact even one of the informants. No statements were taken. Nothing was done that might constitute an investigation of 12 criminal separate allegations, involving serious and deliberate planning blight. Planning blight being a method used by corrupt councils to reduce the value of land or property. I.e. causing a financial loss.


Instead, working with the council rather than seeking to protect the members of the public, it is alleged that this force supplied Derek Holness (then Chief Executive) with stationery on which he might draft what his council would like to see by way or rebuttal.


This information came to us from Richard de Rivaz and then Councillor Brian West, who both attended Hailsham Police Station at Deer Paddock (Cllr West as a witness) and were told by Inspector Peter Coll how it was that letter came to be formulated. Richard is a specialist mediator:




Councillor West is now retired and there are potential conflicts that might prevent him revealing what he knows as a past Mason.





PANEL MEMBERS - Jack Gore and Eddie Powell, were also on the Petition Panel, Mr Gore was forced to apologise for failing to declare an interest in Framfield and did not stand again, paving the way for Ann Newton to be elected.



It is thought that Raymond Parsons read out whatever was agreed between Sussex Police and Derek Holness, most probably he believing that the complaints of the 12 members of the public had been properly investigated. 


We've never heard of the police doing a deal with the suspect in case. This must be a first.


When questions were asked about this incident, Derek Holness retired as chief executive. Now that may just have been a coincidence. But when the same questions were asked of the successive chief executive, Lesley Barakchizadeh, she resigned almost immediately, not even stopping to work out her notice. Do you think that is suspicious? We do.


This matter has not been investigated by the Sussex Police or any outside force.


There is a procedure laid down for investigating crimes that are reported to the police. This procedure was not adhered to, which is misfeasance in public office.


Clearly if the Sussex Police failed to conduct an investigation as set out in their guidance, then that omission of itself constitutes a criminal act as per Section 4 (2) of the Fraud Act 2006, seen below.



Farm subsidies for The Lord Newton


THE LORD NEWTON is a recipient of farm subsidies in Lewes, United Kingdom. Since 1999 THE LORD NEWTON has received €312,391 in payments from the European Union. Details of payments & Year Scheme Totals:

2007 SPS (single payment scheme) €165,965
2007 Additional amounts of aid €190
2007 Irregularities EAGF - Assigned revenue €4
2006 SPS (single payment scheme) €146,233
Total: €312,391

Laughton Park Farm Laughton, Lewes, BN8 6BU





According to another of the complainants, a farmer from Upper Dicker, within 3 months of the publication of the Panels report, which she believed saved the officers of W.D.C. Planning Dept. from the criminal prosecutions there would have been if there had been a proper independent investigation to discover if decision rigging was as it seemed, the short list of development sites for Sussex waste tips was finalised.


Three of the four proposed new land raise sites were within a mile of each other between Golden Cross & Halland. All three were clearly unsuitable but two of the three were absolutely ridiculous in her opinion. 


Site One. Upwind of, and directly adjacent to, a large residential caravan site next to an airstrip & accessed by a long narrow lane from a dangerous turning off the A22.


Site Two. On a site designated ancient protected woodland with 5 separate owners, access off a blind corner off the A22 down a very narrow lane.


Site Three. Upwind ( but half a mile away ) from East Hoathly good safe road access from East Hoathly by-pass. Site owned by Lord Newton, purchased shortly after he became Chairman of W.D.C. Strategic Planning & Economic Development Committee ( S.P.E.D. ).


Lord Newton announced that he would, because of conflict of interest, stand down from the Chair of S.P.E.D at once, & would not be standing as a Councillor again when his term was up in May 1998. The farmer 'phoned a national waste management company & discovered that the short listed sites would be worth approximately £1 million (& his firm was very interested ) and that depending on capacity and expenses with environmental/access requirements the site selected might eventually be worth £10m or more.

With that much information in the bag, the farmer phoned East Sussex County Council & discovered that recommendations on proposed sites were made by Local Authority Planners after suitably central areas had been identified by waste collection services.





Where Councillor Lord Newton later resigned due to a conflict of interests. We would like to hear more about that from The Lord Newton himself, as it appears that he may have been forced to resign by the officers, who perhaps were not getting their way again and forced him out. It could of course be that Newton had outlived his usefulness and was asking awkward questions.


It is not suggested that Lord Newton was in any way involved in the way this matter was handled by the Sussex Police and officers of Wealden DC after the Panel had declared themselves unable to investigate. What is worthy of investigation is the way that the Panel chaired by Lord Newton decided what they could and could not investigate. Lord Newton made a report in February 1998 which found 61 complaints beyond his Panel's remit, a remit that he himself helped to craft.


As a result of this first petition signed by 12 - people who felt they had been damaged by these practices - being publicised in the press and on T.V., a further 30 people came forward wishing to be included in any such independent investigation. These second petitioners mainly wanted to give evidence of decision rigging for the benefit of third parties, most had no personal involvement other than local knowledge which allowed them to realise that factual information supplied by W.D.C officers was false or that material facts had been suppressed in order to ensure that decisions went according to officer recommendation. Lord Newton was appointed along with two other councillors to assess whether there was need for an independent investigation.


Legal advice was sought by both Lord Newton and the officers. Counsel's opinion is sure to have been paid for from public funds to protect the officers and the Council, but neither the advice given nor the advice sought was made available to the public or even to the elected Members. It is alleged that two of the second petitioners wanted to draw attention to a series of very valuable planning permissions given to a private enterprise in which Lady Newton had an interest.





Entrance to Laughton Park Farm (left) and public footpath (right)





Section 4    -    Fraud by abuse of position  [such as a planning or police officer]


(1) A person is in breach of this section if he —

(a) occupies a position in which he is expected to safeguard, or not to act against, the financial interests of another person,

(b) dishonestly abuses that position, and

(c) intends, by means of the abuse of that position—

(i) to make a gain for himself or another, or

(ii) to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk of loss.

(2)A person may be regarded as having abused his position even though his conduct consisted of an omission rather than an act.


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Dick Angel
Councillor Dick Angel

Heathfield Nth & Cenrl - Cons


KIevin Balsdon
Councillor Kevin Balsdon

Pevensey and Westham - Cons


Jo Bentley
Councillor Jo Bentley

Hailsham South and West - Cons


Councillor Bob Bowdler

Heathfield East - Cons


Linda Clark
Councillor Lin Clark

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

Deputy Chairman Standards


Nicholas Collinson
Councillor Nicholas Collinson

Hailsham Central & North - Cons

Portfolio Community Leadership Human Resources


Nigel Coltman
Councillor Nigel Coltman

Hailsham Central and North - Cons

Chairman of Licensing


Dianne Dear
Councillor Dianne Dear

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

Dep Chair of Planning South


Phil Dixon
Councillor Phil Dixon

Rotherfield - Conservative

Dep Chair of Audit Finance


Pam Doodes
Councillor Pam Doodes

Ninfield & Hooe with Wartling

Conservative - Vice-Chairman


Claire Dowling
Councillor Claire Dowling

Uckfield Central - Cons

Dep Ldr Public Health Safety


Janet Dunk
Councillor Jan Dunk

Heathfield North & Central - Conservative


Philip Ede
Councillor Philip Ede

Alfriston - Conservative


Helen Firth
Councillor Helen Firth

Uckfield New Town - Cons


Jonica Fox
Councillor Jonica Fox

Cross-in-Hand/ Five Ashes - Conservative


Roy Galley
Councillor Roy Galley

Danehill/ Fletching/ Nutley - Cons

Portfolio Economic Dev & Waste Man


Richard Grocock
Councillor Richard Grocock

Hailsham South and West - Cons


Chris Hardy
Councillor Chris Hardy

Hartfield - Cons- Chairman




Jim Hollins
Councillor Jim Hollins

Crowborough West - Cons


Peter Holloway
Councillor Peter Holloway

Forest Row - Conservative


Johanna Howell
Councillor Johanna Howell

Frant/ Withyham - Cons

Ch Planning North


Toby Illingworth
Councillor Toby Illingworth

Buxted & Maresfield - Cons



Stephen Isted
Councillor Stephen Isted

Crowborough Jarvis Brook - Independent


Andrew Andy Long
Councillor Andy Long

Herstmonceux - Cons


Michael Lunn
Councillor Michael Lunn

Buxted & Maresfield - Cons


Phillip Lunn
Councillor Philip Lunn

Crowborough East - Cons


Barry Marlowe
Councillor Barry Marlowe

Uckfield Ridgewood - Cons

Dep Ch Licensing


Rowena Moore
Councillor Rowena Moore

Forest Row - Conservative


Kay Moss
Councillor Kay Moss

Crowborough St Johns - Cons

Dep Chair Overview & Scrutiny


Douglas Murray
Councillor Douglas Murray

Willingdon - Conservative


Anne Newton
Councillor Ann Newton

Framfield - Cons

Portfolio Planning & Dev


Amanda O'Rawe
Councillor Amanda O'Rawe

Hailsham East - Conservative


Mark Pinkney
Councillor Mark Pinkney

Hellingly - Conservative


Dr Brian Redman
Councillor Dr Brian Redman

Mayfield - Conservative

Chairman of Standards Committee


Ronald Reed
Councillor Ronald Reed

Crowborough North - Conservative


Carol Reynolds
Councillor Carol Reynolds

Uckfield North - Cons







Greg Rose
Councillor Greg Rose

Crowborough East - Cons

Chair Overview & Scrutiny


Peter Roundell
Councillor Peter Roundell

Danehill/ Fletching/ Nutley - Cons

Chairman Audit Finance


William Rutherford
Councillor William Rutherford

Frant/ Withyham - Cons


Daniel Shing
Councillor Daniel Shing

Polegate South - Ind Democrat


Oi-Lin Shing
Councillor Oi Lin Shing

Polegate North - Ind Democrat


Raymond Shing
Councillor Raymond Shing

Willingdon - Independent Democrat


Stephen Shing
Councillor Stephen Shing

Willingdon - Independent Democrat


Angela Snell
Councillor Angela Snell

Polegate North - Conservative


Robert Standley
Councillor Robert Standley

Wadhurst - Conservative

Leader of the Council


Susan Stedman
Councillor Susan Stedman

Horam - Conservative

Chair Planning South


Roger Thomas
Councillor Roger Thomas

Heathfield North & Central - Cons


Jeannetter Towey
Councillor Jeannette Towey

Crowborough West - Cons


Chris Triandafyllou
Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou

Hailsham South and West - Cons


Peter Waldock
Councillor Peter Waldock

Uckfield North - Cons


Neil Waller
Councillor Neil Waller

Crowborough North - Cons

Dep Chair Planning North


David Watts
Councillor David Watts

Chiddingly & East Hoathly - Cons


Graham Wells
Councillor Graham Wells

Wadhurst - Cons

Portfolio Housing & Benefits


David White
Councillor David White

Hellingly - Independent


John Wilton
Councillor John Wilton

East Dean - Conservative



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Nicholas Collinson - Nigel Coltman - Ronald Cussons - Barby Dashwood-Morris - Dianne Dear - Phil Dixon - Pam Doodes

  Claire Dowling - Jan Dunk - Louise Eastwood - Philip Ede - Helen Firth - Jonica Fox - Roy Galley - Richard Grocock - Chris Hardy

Steve Harms - Jim Hollins - Peter Holloway - Johanna Howell - Stephen Isted - David Larkin - Andy Long - Michael Lunn

Barry Marlowe - Nigel McKeeman - Huw Merriman - Rowena Moore - Kay Moss - Douglas Murray - Ann Newton - Ken Ogden

Amanda O'RaweCharles R Peck - Diane Phillips - Mark Pinkney - Major Antony Quin RM - Ronald Reed - Dr. Brian Redman

Carol Reynolds - Greg Rose - Peter Roundell - William Rutherford - Daniel Shing - Oi Lin Shing - Raymond Shing - Stephen Shing

Robert Standley - Susan Stedman - Bill Tooley - Jeanette Towey - Stuart Towner - Chriss Triandafyllou - Peter Waldock

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